Friday, October 25, 2013

NatureBox Review

Happy Friday! What better way to end the week than with some snacks? As I've mentioned before, I love snacks, and have some favorites. So what could possibly be better than my favorite healthy snacks? Almost nothing, except margaritas new yummy snacks delivered to your door!

NatureBox is a subscription service that delivers a box of delivering high quality, healthy snacks direct to your door very month. According to their website, NatureBox works to help you "eat healthier without needing to change your eating habits" and focuses on snacking because  "the average American eats almost 25% of their calories from snacking". Makes sense to me, since if you'd ever seen my MyFitnessPal food diary, you'd know that number can get up over 40% for me. 

All NatureBox's snacks are nutritionist approved and minimally processed with no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors. All of this sounds great, but how do they taste? Only one way to find that out, so ordered my first box a few weeks ago and it showed up on my doorstep (ok, at my building's front desk but close enough) this week.

So, what's in the box?

Each NatureBox contains 5-20 packs of 5 different snacks. Since I am super cheap, I picked the least expensive option the "Deluxe Package" which comes with 1 pack each of 5 different snacks for $19.95 a month. And, thanks to some googling, I got $10 off my first box, so the entire box was just under $10. Score! Here's what was in my box 

Roasted Kettle Kernels: This may have been my favorite snack in the box. The bf called these "healthy corn nuts" which is a pretty accurate description. Crunchy, salty, and a little sweet, these are great by the handful. I also tried them on a salad for lunch and they added a nice crunch to the meal. The only downside might be that they are a little TOO easy to eat. We finished this bag the first day we received our box.

Vanilla Macaroon Granola: This was, surprisingly, my least favorite snack. Macaroon flavored granola sounds amazing, but it was way too sweet for me. I think it would be good in a dessert (the back of the bag suggests using it as a topping for apple crisp which sounds yummy) but its just not what I'm typically looking for in a snack.

Pistachio Power Clusters: These were much more up my alley in terms of a sweet crunchy snack. Each little square is packed with almonds, cashew, and pistachios and is surprisingly substantial. These would definitely make a great pre- or post-gym snack.

Masa Crisps: These were a close second to the kettle kernels for me. The flax seed gives these chips a nice nutty flavor and a lot of substance. The only downside is that the chips themselves are quite small, which makes dipping difficult. The small size was, however, quite convenient for eating them with the Mexican-inspired skillet hash I had for dinner.

Cherry Berry Bonanza: I also really liked these dried cranberry, cherry, and blueberry combo. The texture was great, still chewy and moist without being too sticky, and they weren't overly sweet. 

Peanut Butter Nom Noms: In addition to my five snacks, my box also came with a surprise gift, which I loved, and not just because I love free gifts! These mini peanut butter cookies are soft and chewy, and sweet in an unexpectedly complex way. My only gripe is that a serving size is only one cookie. Who ever eats ONE cookie, especially when they are mini? 

Bottom Line

I was really satisfied with the quality and taste of the snacks in my first NatureBox and am looking forward to trying more new snacks. The only downside is the extreme amount of willpower not finishing off all of these snacks at once is taking. We'll have to see whether this service makes me snack better, or just snack more. It is easy to stop your subscription at any time, so I can easily stop cancel my order if it gets out of hand. Of course, that would also require the willpower to say no to a whole box of snacks...

Want to try NatureBox for yourself? Get 50% off your first NatureBox (and get me some snack credit too!) by ordering here.

Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with NatureBox and I paid the whole $10 for the box myself. If you sign up for NatureBox with the link above, we'll both get discounts on our boxes. You can then get your own links to get discounts for your friends and credit for yourself. Or just send all your friends my link if you want to get me more free snacks :)


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